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In the business of developing, leasing and managing commercial retail properties, reputation may open the door of opportunity, but persistent and consistent performance drives success. It’s a genuine desire to infuse value into everything we build, particularly our tenant and partner relationships. This is the difference you’ll experience when you team up with Basser-Kaufman. No frustrating degrees of separation. No protective executive layers. You always enjoy direct access to skillful and knowledgeable decision makers, seasoned professionals, like Marc Kemp and Steven Kaufman, Basser-Kaufman principals. Such refreshing availability is what makes collaborating with Basser-Kaufman so pleasing and rewarding of an experience. No matter the obstacle or challenge, no matter the business goal, Basser-Kaufman is known for finding solutions that yield results.

With humble beginnings in Queens, NY, back in the 50s and 60s, Mr. Basser and Mr. Kaufman, our original founders, saw in each other a complement of skills: a commercial realtor and a commercial builder. Over half a century and millions of square feet later, from mom-and-pop stores to massive retailers, Basser-Kaufman is still going strong. We develop, lease and manage a variety of community and regional shopping centers utilizing the same qualities that have stood the test of time: skill, excellence, dependability and a focus on developing value. These are the solid footings upon which Basser-Kaufman was founded. And today, from land acquisition, approvals, and construction to property leasing and property management — the full spectrum of retail real estate development — the next generation at Basser-Kaufman continues to build on that success.

Watching over every development detail, exceeding design expectation, pursuing and securing all possible advantages for our tenants and their communities — these are more than business objectives; these are our guiding principles. And we apply them equally to all our clientele, from multinational big box retailers to independent neighborhood stores. When you partner with Basser-Kaufman you’ll find… we listen, we respond, we produce.

Basser-Kaufman was founded in 1963 by Harold Basser and Myron Kaufman. Mr. Kaufman was joined by family members Steven Kaufman in 1979 and Marc Kemp in 1991 — also Principals.

In 1955, Mr. Kaufman began building residential properties in Queens and Nassau County. Mr. Basser was a family friend who grew up in the same Queens, NY neighborhood. The Basser family had been involved in commercial real estate for decades.

In the 1960s, big retailers began moving into strip shopping centers; Mr. Basser recognized the potential of a commercial real estate development company that catered to this market. He had solid retail connections, but needed a reliable builder. In 1963, he asked Mr. Kaufman to become his partner, and Basser-Kaufman was born.

Basser-Kaufman started building in the mid-1960s. The first big project was the Woodmere Mews in Woodmere, New York — a very successful garden apartment complex. Soon, the firm began focusing on retail, and built its first shopping center in Manchester, Connecticut, in 1970.

Today, Basser-Kaufman owns 34 retail properties and has established relationships with major retail tenants throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.


To build quality, value and opportunity into every commercial retail property we produce; to develop, construct, lease and manage to the highest levels of excellence, exceeding the needs and expectations of each of our valued constituents — tenants, investors, partners, municipalities and the communities in which we build.


We pledge to pioneer and pursue exciting new trends in retail property development and management, not only boldly innovating with proven and emerging environmentally sustainable technologies, but also challenging ourselves as creative frontrunners in identifying, implementing and, ultimately, influencing market trends and directions.

Our family-owned and -operated business has nearly 50 years experience in commercial real estate development, leasing, and management. We’re hands-on owners who boast a personal relationship with most of our tenants, from big box retailers to smaller mom-and-pop stores. We understand our customers’ needs and work hard to address them at all stages of development.

A fully integrated real estate development firm, Basser-Kaufman does it all from the ground up. From land acquisition and approvals to construction, leasing, and property management, we’re involved in our properties every step of the way.

Basser-Kaufman has a well-deserved reputation for being detail-oriented, fair, honest, and reliable. We cut through obstacles and get the job done right and on schedule. We offer the knowledge and expertise of a large, established firm, plus the personal attention of a family-owned business.

The Basser-Kaufman management team has long been active in the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). For the past 25 years, our firm has also been a strong supporter of diabetes research through the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the Diabetes Research Institute. Basser-Kaufman has helped raise money and awareness through an annual tennis tournament and, more recently, an annual golf tournament, which together have helped raise more than $5,000,000. Other charitable affiliations are as follows:

Nassau County Police Department Foundation – Advisory Board
North Shore University Hospital – Center for Liver Diseases – Advisory Committee
Five Towns Community Chest Platinum Plus Leadership Honor Roll